Indicted Councilman Larry Seabrook (D-Bronx), he of the $177 bagel, spent nearly $20,000 of taxpayer money to move into a new office—a month after he was indicted of massive fraud. Seabrook, who once divorced his wife without telling her, left his $3,500-a-month office on White Plains Road, which he had been using despite leasing it officially to a nonprofit he ran, to a larger office building on Boston Road this past month.
Seabrook's chief of staff Cleveland Beckett explained the move to the Post: "We think at the end of the day it is going to be a net benefit" because heating costs will go down. But the new office will have at least $1,700 worth of air conditioning and heating work before it will open.
Seabrook was charged in Feb. with a 13-count indictment on federal charges of money laundering, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, mail and wire fraud, extortion, and receiving an unlawful gratuity. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also accuse Seabrook and his nonprofits of overcharging the city for rent. Seabrook also got some more exposure when he was featured in a recent Daily News roundup of NY officials "arrested, investigated and convicted for acting like New Jersey politicians." No such thing as bad publicity, right Larry?